These Napa Valley Cabs were crafted by employing different approaches to grape sourcing. The Roots Run Deep ‘The Graduate’ Howell Mountain Cabernet is part of an ongoing experiment emphasizing varying vineyard elevations. Phelps selects grapes across the valley, while Stag’s Leap S.L.V. focuses on a single vineyard at the winery’s estate. All are excellent examples of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and have earned accolades ranging from 94 to 96 points. The price is $530. Save $67.00 off the combined regular retail price!
This set includes:
- 94-point Stag's Leap S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 MAGNUM (1.5 liters)
- 94-point Roots Run Deep ‘The Graduate’ Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750 ml
- 96-point Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750 ml
Roots Run Deep ‘The Graduate’ Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750 ML
94 points, Wine & Spirits
"In 2017, Macario Montoya joined Mark Albrecht’s team at Roots Run Deep as winemaker, responsible for blending four different “Higher Education” cabernets. Each originates at a different block in the vineyard, which ranges in elevation from 1,700 to 2,000 feet; each is fermented with a different strain of yeasts and aged in different cooperage. This one spends its time in Seguin Moreau barrels, and the blend includes five percent each of malbec and merlot from Pritchard Hill; those factors tame the dynamic power of its mountain-grown tannins, yielding a trumpet blare of volcanic-soil intensity. Having tasted all four, this one struck our panelists as the most vibrant, layering red, yellow and orange-toned fruit in sunset colors, lasting on herbs, smoke and depths of earthy savor. It’s a complex wine, with all of its details aligned."
An excellent gift for recent grads, educators, wine aficionados who love to learn about different wines and micro sites.
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750 ML
96 points, James Suckling
"Very pretty blackberry, blackcurrant, walnut, forest-flower and dark-walnut aromas follow through to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are fine-grained and beautiful. Lovely length and generosity but reserved at the finish to give it tension. Mostly from the Soscol vineyard. 97% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold."
Stag's Leap S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - Magnum (1.5 liters) 2015
94 Wine Spectator
"Juicy and vibrant in feel, featuring a mix of blueberry, raspberry and red currant fruit flavors that play well with the light graphite, bergamot and floral nuances. The solid backdrop of roasted apple wood is well-integrated. Best from 2020 through 2035."
S.L.V., also known as Stag’s Leap Vineyards, is the winery’s first vineyard.
Planted in 1970, this vineyard achieved international fame when threeyear-old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that stunned the wine world when it bested some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris.” Today, this history-making vineyard continues to produce wines with layers of complexity, spicy intensity and excellent structure—promising long life and ageability.